Building a better world is important to Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel who works with congregants as they head up several Tikkun Olam projects each year. Rabbi Tecktiel, who teaches the 7th - 12th Grade Ma'ayan class, can often be found in the Religious School and Early Childhood Center classrooms and Youth Lounge working directly with the students and USYers. His office door is not only open to the congregation, but to the children of the congregation as well. Teens and pre-teens often drop by to say hello, keeping him updated on their activities at school, sharing ideas and thoughts on the community and current events. Visiting the sick, sharing life cycle events, counseling congregants, and officiating at shabbat and holiday services puts Rabbi Tecktiel in daily contact with the congregation.
Rabbi Tecktiel has served as the President of the Board of Southern Nevada Rabbis. He has held a board position on the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, has headed up the Federation's Jewish Community Relations Committee, and is a vital part of the Jewish community. He has brought innovative educational programming to Midbar Kodesh Temple.
Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel took the pulpit as Midbar Kodesh Temple's spiritual leader in August 2008, when he and his wife, Susan, with their three children, moved to Green Valley Ranch. The Tecktiels came to Nevada from Louisville, Kentucky, where he had served Keneseth Israel. Rabbi Tecktiel was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in May of 1996. He holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one from List College and one from Columbia University. He also holds a Masters of Arts from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Cantor Daniel Gale serves as Hazzan and Music Director at Midbar Kodesh Temple. Invested as Hazzan by the Cantors Assembly of the Conservative Movement, Cantor Gale began his singing career at an early age - serving in his teens as cantor at Temple Beth Israel in Bay City, Michigan and performing with regional orchestras and opera companies prior to attending the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he received graduate and undergraduate degrees in Vocal Performance and Opera.
Cantor Gale pursued cantorial and Jewish studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Hebrew College, from which he received a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education. While at Hebrew College he was awarded the Dr Albert and Dorothy Holzman Prize for Innovative Instructional Materials in Jewish Education. In addition, Cantor Gale’s graduate thesis “Teaching the Holocaust through Music in Secondary Education” was awarded Hebrew College’s highest academic honor of Pass with Distinction, as a “commendable and meritorious work that reflects deep thinking, rigorous and academic application and insightful creativity with regard to pedagogy.”
Cantor Gale’s baritone voice enhances services at MKT with his ruach and beautiful singing during Shabbat and holiday services. Equally at home in the synagogue, opera house or concert hall, he has received critical acclaim for performances throughout the United States, performing a wide range of repertoire, with special emphasis on the vocal works of Jewish composers. From Yiddish art songs to opera to Broadway, from works of the “golden age” of cantorial singing to the contemporary Jewish music scene, his interpretations of Jewish music have touched countless souls over the years.
Cantor Gale performed the world-premiere of composer Laurence Sherr's "Fugitive Footsteps," a work for cantor and choir, memorializing victims of the Holocaust. His performance of "Songs of Struggle/Songs of Faith," a unique collaboration with acclaimed African-American bass-baritone, Oral Moses, celebrates the Jewish and African-American musical traditions. "Moses and the Cantor" have been enthusiastically received across the country in university, synagogue and church venues.
In all his work Hazzan/Educator both within the congregation and the community at large, Cantor Gale takes as the defining directive of his cantorate the Rabbinic dictum we read each morning in our daily prayers – L’olam y’hei adam, loosely translated as “First, be a mensch”.